Updated version of Sony Xperia Z3 pays a visit to the FCC

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Last week a Sony device carrying model number D6603 was spotted in an FCC filing. A new device going by model number D6653, which has been identified as the Sony Xperia Z3 has surfaced in a new filing with a new FCC ID number, PY7PM-0806. It is suspected this is the international version of the Xperia Z3 which will surface in Asian markets, notably in Japan with NTT DoCoMo. Like the filing for the D6603, this latest update does not provide much in the way of useful information other than serving as an indicator that the device is very close to being released to the market. Sources suspect Sony is shooting for a September release date.

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Amazon adds ‘hundreds of thousands of songs’ to Prime Music service

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We have literally no idea how Amazon’s Prime Music is  doing commercially, but it did recently add “hundreds of thousands of songs” and hundreds of playlists to the service.

The expanded availability of music is good for its current users, which can listen through their smartphones, computers, and Amazon’s cloud player.

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HTC’s clock app for Sense 6 hits the Play Store for easier updating

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If you’ve got a semi-new HTC phone, you might have noticed that HTC has started adding key Sense 6 apps to the Play Store so that it can roll out updates to users much easier than the usual OTA update process.

Today, HTC’s clock app for Sense 6 has appeared in the Play Store. This means that in the future, any software improvements to the clock app will be handled through the Play Store.

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You can now make Google Voice calls through Hangouts on your computer, all without a Google+ profile

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We already know that Google has been working for a while now on completely migrating the functions of Google Voice into Hangouts, so that it can merge most of its communication apps into one (besides Gmail).

We’re getting closer to that reality now, as Google has added support for making phone calls via Hangouts from the Google Voice website — and you don’t even need Google+.

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Google Maps gets new Explore feature to help you find points of interest nearby

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In addition to getting new ad extensions, Google Maps is getting a brand new Explore feature that’s going to make finding new locations and points of interest even easier.

Tapping the new Explore button at the bottom of Google Maps opens up a pane that displays different kinds of places to visit in your general location. After confirming your location, you can specify how close you’d like recommendations to be (within 10 minutes walking distance or 20 minutes driving distance, for example) and what time of day you’re interested in going, and Google populates the results based on that information. This keeps the feature from suggesting you head to a breakfast spot at 8 at night, or from recommending driving locations when you’re out and about on foot for the day. » Read the rest

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 23, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

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[APK Download] Google updates Play Store app with Material Design

Fleksy updates keyboard app to version 3.0 with new look and features\

Google Maps gets new Explore feature to help you find points of interest nearby

Foursquare gets a new logo and several new changes and features

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Conan O’Brien makes fun of the iPhone 6

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Samsung recently released a commercial telling iPhone fans to stop waiting for a bigger iPhone, and apparently Conan O’Brien saw it as well, and is continuing the razzing.

It is widely expected that Apple will offer a bigger 4.7-inch display on the upcoming iPhone 6. In yesterday’s opening monologue, Conan said the new iPhone 6 will be called, “Last year’s Samsung Galaxy.” Actually if you think about it, he should have called it the “2012 Samsung Galaxy” since that phone had a 4.8-inch display, which is much closer to the rumored 4.7-inch display that the iPhone 6 will sport.

If you want to check out the video, head on past the break. It starts at about 1:33 in.

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Say hello to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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After several months of rumors regarding a Samsung premium phone, we finally have the best pictures yet of the device. No it’s not the Galaxy S 5 Prime, nor is is the Galaxy F. It’s the Galaxy Alpha. This phone will feature metal, but before you get too excited, it’s only going to be partially metal. It appears they have opted for the faux leather back along with aluminum sides.

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